The purpose of this proposal is to encourage productive relationships between USSF officers and local communities in order to prevent violent extremism in Benin. This is accomplished through three principal activities: community policing training, leadership training, and community outreach.
While this is primarily a training project, it also includes rigorous analysis - involving cutting-edge survey experimental designs, focus groups and in-depth interviews, and cognitive mapping coupled with map algebraic analysis to enable predictive geospatial modeling in a data poor environment. This will help researchers to better understand border community grievances, community-oriented policing, counter-smuggling operations, as well as terrorism and transnational organized crime in Benin. It will also serve as a test bed for innovative approaches to predictive analysis.